Re-Blog: Muddy Hands: A Poem

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.Have you ever done any pottery? If so, this poem should bring back memories. I’d love to read about them, or you can share them on Lynda’s blog. Enjoy!

 

Via Muddy Hands

 

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My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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An Exercise in Creativity

A. Rose Hill, our state poet laureate, conducted a fun activity at our last Range Writers meeting. I urge all my readers to try it. I don’t think it’s just for writers. For those of you who are teachers, this might be something fun to try with your kids.

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First of all, write down the following list of words.

Anthropomorphize

Basilisk

Propinquity

Djellabia

Jejune Banjax Furlong Benison Glottis Acanthus

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Now, use each word in a sentence. If you don’t know a word’s meaning, make it up. Be funny if you want. Whatever you do, don’t scroll down past the three asterisks below until you’ve completed this task.

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Now, here are the actual definitions of these words. If you didn’t know their meanings, you can compare what you thought they meant with what they really mean and maybe have a good laugh.

Anthropomorphize—attribute human qualities to

Basilisk—legendary reptile; lizard like iguana

Propinquity—nearness

Djellabia or galabia—long, loose hooded garment

Jejune—not mature or childish

Banjax—smash or ruin

Furlong-220 yards

Benison—blessing or benediction

Glottis—space between vocal cords or surrounding structures

Acanthus—any of several prickly herbs of the Mediterranean region

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Now, here are my sentences. As you’ll note, I didn’t know the meaning of any of these words until now. Please feel free to share your sentences in the comments field.

Anthropomorphize: Dinosaurs anthropomized into humans.

Basilisk: I added basilisk to my spaghetti sauce.

Propinquity: I was disgusted by his propinquity.

Djellabia: For dessert, I fixed djellabia.

Jejune: I didn’t have a jejune wedding.

Banjax: After the hootenanny, he cleaned his instrument with Banjax.

Furlong: How long is a furlong?

Benison: To prevent my sinuses from clogging at night, I take Benison before going to bed.

Glottis: I supplement my meals with glottis.

Acanthus: He was diagnosed with cancer of the acanthus.

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That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

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Things I Want but Can’t Have

On one of the blogs I follow, I ran across a link to a site that provides daily journaling prompts. I was given to understand that if I signed up, I would receive such prompts daily by e-mail for a month. This was not to be.

On the first day, I received an e-mail saying that if I hadn’t seen that day’s prompt, it was because I hadn’t registered which I thought I did. I returned to the site and realized that in order to see the daily prompts, I would have to pay $10.00. I wasn’t about to do this since there are plenty of resources that offer free writing prompts.

However, I was able to gleam a couple of ideas which I shared with my monthly Range Writers group when it was my turn to facilitate our September meeting. One is to write several things about yourself. The other is to list things you want but can’t have. I chose the latter, and my list is below.

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Things I Want but Can’t Have

a swimming pool

servants

a self-driving car

my very own jet plane complete with staff

a trouble-free computer

self-cleaning toilets, showers, sinks, and appliances

a talking robotic vacuum cleaner

automated food delivery system

automatic doors in my home

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Now, it’s your turn. Make a list of either things about yourself or things you want but can’t have. Have fun with this, and feel free to share your list below.

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Abbie J. Taylor 010Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

Front Book Cover - We Shall OvercomeWe Shall Overcome

Cover: How to Build a Better Mousetrap by Abbie Johnson TaylorHow to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

Order from Amazon

Order That’s Life from Finishing Line Press.

Vote for my new book idea.